Veterinary Technician

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(VT49) Git 'Er Down: Nursing the Megaesophagus Patient

Tuesday, March 6
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
MBCC, Jasmine A, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Specialty Veterinary Technician Session: Megaesophagus is a condition characterized by the loss of muscular tone in and subsequent dilation of the esophagus, leading to numerous complications. Join Liz as she focuses on nursing considerations for the canine megaesophagus patient. Learn about common clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment options available for megaesophagus. We will cover nutritional requirements, feeding strategies, and treatment of common complications, as well as owner education and support as they navigate this often difficult to manage condition.

Liz F. Hughston


Liz Hughston, MEd., RVT, CVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) has been practicing as a veterinary technician since graduating from Foothill College's Veterinary Technology Program in 2006. In 2012, Liz was certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care. Liz practices as a relief veterinary technician, consultant, and trainer in the San Francisco Bay Area for both general and emergency/specialty practices.

Liz is dedicated to advancing veterinary technology through training and mentorship, and worked on the committee that developed the California RVT Association’s mentor program – a first-of-its-kind program providing new technicians with experienced mentors across the state. She served as the co-Chair of the AVECCT Mentor Committee for three years, and co-facilitates a study group for AVECCT candidates. Liz is now honored to serve the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians as its Past President.

In 2013 Liz was selected as CaRVTA’s inaugural RVT of the Year, recognizing her efforts to improve veterinary nursing in California and beyond. She is a frequent and sought after national and international speaker on topics in emergency, critical care, small animal internal medicine, and mentoring and training.

Liz currently lives in San Jose, CA with her husband, three dogs and one sweet cat.


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